Person NameShawn; Ted (1891-1972)
ActivityUS dancer, teacher and choreographer. First public appearance as a dancer in Denver in 1911; opened a dance school in Los Angeles and appeared in one of the very first dance films, Dance of the Ages; toured with a small company in New York in 1914 and met and married Ruth St Denis; 1915 founded Denishawn with Ruth St Denis; the company toured widely until it was disbanded in 1931 after his separation from St Denis; formed his won Company of Male Dancers in 1933 and bought a farm in Massachusetts called Jacob's Pillow which he turned into a dance studio; after disbanding his company in 1940 he became the director of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and summer school; a prolific choreographer he created around 190 works for Denishawn and over 50 works for his own male company.
RelationshipsWife Ruth St Denis
Dates and Placesb. Kansas Vity, 21 Oct. 1891, d. Orlando, Florida, 9 Jan. 1972
Published WorksRuth St Denis: Pioneer and Prophet (1920); Gods Who Dance (1929); Every Little Movement (1954); One Thousand and One Night Stands, (with Gary Poole, 1960)
SourceCraine, D and Mackrell, J. Oxford Dictionary of Dance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
NM/B/951Dance We Must
PH/B/1142Ted Shawn \ Father of American Dance
XZB/543Every Little Movement \ Book About Francois Delsarte, A
XZB/544Dance We Must
NM/B/869Shawn the Dancer
DH/B/2163One Thousand and One Night Stands
DS/B/706Every Little Movement \ A book about Francois Delsarte
AW/E/5/14Private Sessions Laban, W.Lamb, G Stephenson1954-1960
DH/B/2225Dance Makers: Conversations with American Choreographers, The
XZB/546Ruth St Denis \ Pioneer & prophet, being a history of her cycle of oriental dances by Ted Shawn \ Volume II \ the plates
XZB/524Professional Appearances of Ted Shawn and his Men Dancers: A Chronology and an Index of Dances, 1933-1940, The
XZB/2694Soaring; The Diary and Letters of a Denishawn Dancer in the Far East, 1925-1926
XZG/731Dance on Film presented by the Society for Dance Research \ Bloomsbury Theatre, London \ 19 May 198419 May 1984
XZG/732Dance on Film by the Society for Dance Research \ Bloomsbury Theatre, London \ 19 May 198419 May 1984
NCPE/3/3116 Dances in 16 Rhythms (Shawn, Ted)n.d.
NCPE/4/20Three Prayers (in Labanotation)n.d.
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